June Newsletter 2015
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Beatitude Bottle Release Today! 6/22/15 @ 2PM

We are releasing the next set of Beatitude Tart Saison Bottles today in the tasting room starting at 2pm. It will be the second batch of the original three flavors that we released, Mango, Pineapple, and Blueberry.

If you missed out on the first release, this is your chance! Each 750ml bottle is $14, Limit 6 bottles (2 of each style). Take your bottles home in the Council Tote Bag for an additional $4. We will see you all soon.

First Anniversary Party Recap

Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate Council Brewing’s First Anniversary. We had a great time showcasing our specially brewed Anniversary Beers, such as the Bully Drop IIIPA (combining Gavel Drop IPA and Bully Pulpit IPA) and the Barrel Aged Belgian Quad with Brett, as well as all of the Barrel Aged Bottle Releases from the past year (Nicene, Athanasian, and Vienne).
Our Barrel Aged Bottle Release, the Anniversary House Red and House White sold out in less than an hour and were a big hit with our special Anniversary Glassware. Your pre-purchased bottles can be picked up until June 27th, 2015 during tasting room hours.

The Council Team is grateful for a wonderful first year here in San Diego, brewing and serving our beer. Thank you, craft beer fans for continuing to show your enthusiastic support. We have big things planned for year two and we can’t wait to share them with you.

Council’s 1st Beer Education Night –
Jeff Crane Talks about Sour Beers 7/8/15

Beer education is a big part of what Council Brewing is all about. Our in-house, Barrel Program Director, better known as “The Wild Man,” Jeff Crane, will be here at 6pm on Wednesday July 8th, 2015 providing an introduction to Sour Brewing. Topics to be discussed include a brief explanation on each of the main microorganisms utilized in brewing "sour" or mixed fermentation beers, including Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, Pediococcus and Acetobacter. Each BJCP Category 17 style will be discussed and brewing tips/methods will be recommended, finishing with a Q&A portion.

This event is open to everyone 21 years and older. If you would like to participate, all you have to do is purchase the Beer Education Flight for $12 from the beertender. The flight includes 2 Beatitude and 2 unique versions of Farmer's Gold with Brettanomyces and Farmer’s Gold Belgian Saison. Our hours on Wednesday July 8th are 2pm – 9pm, last call at 8:30pm. Come hungry, because Grillfellas BBQ will be joining us at 4pm.

*photo credit: Dan Olson

Update from The Magic Factory - Beatitude Production 

We have nicknamed our second space, The Magic Factory, due to the exclusive use of our “magic slurry,” which helps create our Beatitude Tart Saisons. Last month, Liz and her team of Assistant Brewers, Tyler and Luke, brewed to fill the first of our 45 barrel fermenters. Things are coming along nicely and the beer is very happy in it’s new home. This month, we will be adding the fruit to the fermenters. If everything goes as planned, we should have much more Beatitude Tart Saison available in bottles and kegs in August. We will keep you updated on the growth and production throughout the process. 

Meet Luke, Council’s New Assistant Brewer

Luke was raised in Syracuse, NY and up until recently was brewing for Good Nature Brewing in Hamilton, NY. He became interested in craft beer at a young age and decided to give homebrewing a shot. Everything just snowballed from there. He had always considered moving West. When asked why, Luke responded, “The beer scene here is amazing and so is the weather so I figured I couldn't go wrong.” He was drawn to Council by our reputation in the industry and the barrel and sour program. Luke said, “I had heard very good things about them and was particularly excited about their focus on barrel aging and mixed fermentation. It's also rewarding to work for such a small company because you get to learn every part of the operation and have real input on what happens.” His favorite Council beer is the Farmer’s Gold, Belgian Saison, because it’s a great example of the style, dry and refreshing with a subtle, yet complex yeast character.

We asked Luke, What’s is like working for Liz? His response, “Liz is a brewing wizard and comes up with some really cool processes and techniques to get the most out of our equipment. She's also super energetic, which helps make those long brew days go by a little more quickly.” We are excited to have Luke on our growing team here at Council! Let’s all make him feel welcome in his new city. 

Women of Craft Beer Pin Up Calendar

You may have seen our post last week with the lovely ladies of Council all dolled up. We will be participating in this years, Women of Craft Beer Pin Up Calendar created by Beca Rich of Copper Penny Photography. Originating in Colorado, Beca has reached out to local San Diego breweries to be featured this year. Stayed tuned for release details. 

Tasting Room Open July 3rd | Closed July 4th for Independence Day

Whether you are looking forward to a long weekend, have family in town, or are just stocking up on beer for the weekend, make sure Council is one of your stops on Friday, July 3rd, 2015. We will have a full board of beers with something that everyone will enjoy at your 4th of July BBQ. From low ABV Belgians and hoppy IPA’s to roasty stouts and an imperial red ale, there’s something for every beer drinker. We will also have special patriotic growler lids (while supplies last) for anyone purchasing a 64 oz. growler of Council beer.

Grillfellas BBQ will be here at 4pm serving up their delicious Tri-Tip, Ribs, and Bratwurst!  Enjoy it while you can, because Council Brewing will be CLOSED on Saturday July 4th, 2015 to celebrate Independence Day. 
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